Santiago Gutierrez-Ruiz

July 24, 1934 - June 25, 2008

Santiago Gutierrez-Ruiz of Waukesha died Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at age 73. He was born July 24, 1934, in Nayarit, Mexico, to Francisco and Angela (nee Navarro) Gutierrez.

He worked for Christina’s Restaurant for the past 22 years. On June 30, 1984, he married the former Connie Hernandez at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where he has been a longtime member. He was very proud to have recently become an American citizen on May 16, 2008. Santiago received an award from La Casa de Esperanza for helping others to become citizens. He will be remembered for his salsa that he often shared with his friends and co-workers.

Santiago will be sadly missed by his wife, Connie of Waukesha, and his children, Luis Fernando (Rosario) Gutierrez-Panśco of Waukesha, David, Arturo, Angelica, Ricardo, Fidel and Santiago Gutierrez, all of Mexico, and Gilbert (Jennifer) Zuniga, Joel Zuniga, Stephan (Breanney) Zuniga and Rachael (John) O’Brien, all of Waukesha. He was the proud grandfather of Olga Lidia, Brian Omar, Lucia Eyeraldin, Esmeralda Elizabeth and Luis Fernando Jr. Gutierrez, Michael (Melissa), Brittany and Dustin Zuniga, Elias and Ethan Venson, Chloe O’Brien, Heather Cruz and Cody, Adrianna and Isabella Zuniga; loving great-grandfather of Jose Luis Aguayo-Gutierrez and Mia Zuniga; and loving brother of Pedro and Angel Gutierrez, Maria Avalo, Carmen Gutierrez and Benita Gutierrez. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m.until the 7 p.m. vigil service Sunday, June 29, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. A second visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral Mass on Monday, June 30, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha. The Very Rev. James T. Volkert and Deacon Jorge Benavente will preside. Interment will take place at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials are appreciated to the family.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.